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•           A new Arab Knowledge Index and Portal are the centerpieces of the new partnership agreement.

•           Sima Bahous: This fruitful partnership is inspired by a shared vision of promoting knowledge.

•           Jamal Bin Huwaireb: it will contribute to the development of knowledge-embracing Arab societies.

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Amman, 08 November 2015 - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation (MBRF) are currently developing the first Arab Knowledge Index, a summary measure that best reflects knowledge accumulation, production and consumption from a development perspective, taking into consideration the specific socio-cultural context, needs and challenges of the Arab region. When released, the index along with the "Knowledge 4 All" digital Portal that will be built around it, will be state-of-the-art tools for monitoring and advocating for knowledge-based development in the Arab region.

The index and portal are the centerpieces of the new partnership agreement that the Director of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Arab States, Sima Bahous and MBRF Managing Director, Jamal Bin Huwaireb, signed today in the Jordanian capital Amman during the inauguration of UNDP's new regional hub in Amman.

This fruitful partnership is inspired by a shared vision of promoting knowledge for sustainable development in the Arab Region, which finds its roots in the first series of Arab Human development Reports” stressed UNDP Regional Director for Arab States Sima Bahous. "The call that the series sounded for a knowledge revival in the Arab region resonated with the insightful vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, for the future of the Arab region, which he created his Endowment and Foundation to pursue, in a true act of intellectual leadership,” she added

The partnership agreement launches a five-year second phase of the collaborative effort between UNDP and MBRF on the Arab Knowledge Project, a pioneering regional programme, which started in 2007. Focusing on knowledge as a cornerstone of development in the Arab region, the project published, over the course of eight years, three widely disseminated Arab Knowledge reports underscoring key opportunities and challenges to building effective knowledge-based societies in Arab countries.

The agreement we are signing today with UNDP emphasizes the depth of our joint partnership,” said Managing Director of MBRF H.E. Jamal Bin Huwaireb, who added “We hope that this partnership will develop and prosper, and that our collaborative efforts will lead to the announcement of further projects and initiatives that will contribute to the development and renaissance of knowledge-embracing Arab societies.”

The Arab Knowledge Project has a special interest in youth and particularly focuses on means to empower them through knowledge. It has consistently highlighted current misalignment between youth formation institutions in the Arab region and the prerequisites for the successful integration of Arab youth in the local and global knowledge-based job markets